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Old 05-03-2006, 06:07 PM   #1
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rm doesn't prompt for whether to remove the file :(

Hey Folks,

I'm having a slight annoying problem with a new linux box I got - the "rm" command doesn't prompt me whether I wanna remove the file or not - it works as if "--force" is turned on by default..

The man pages say
If a file is unwritable, the standard input is a tty, and the -f or --force option is not given, rm prompts the user for whether to remove the file. If the response does not begin with `y' or `Y', the file is skipped.
I've got the same config on 2 boxes I've got but one prompts me when I wanna delete something without --force and one doesn't (unless it isn't writable mode) - anyone has any idea how to change it so that unless I put -f or --force it will ask me? even if the mode is 777
Old 05-03-2006, 06:26 PM   #2
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Dragons Master,

Check your .bashrc file and make sure you have your aliases set.

Here's a copy of my .bashrc file. (Your .bashrc file is your home directory)

# .bashrc

# User specific aliases and functions

alias rm='rm -i'
alias cp='cp -i'
alias mv='mv -i'
alias lm='ls -m'

# Option shortcut for clearing the screen and changing the command prompt

function c {

PS1="\@ \w : "

# Source global definitions
if [ -f /etc/bashrc ]; then
. /etc/bashrc

If your rm alias isn't set to '-i', it won't be interactive and just do the command without you having the chance to say yes or no.

Add alias rm='rm -i' and let us know how it goes.

Good luck!
Old 05-03-2006, 06:26 PM   #3
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I would suggest checking aliases first. Sometimes the -f flag is added by default to a user's shell profile or RC file.

Run alias from the command line and see if you have an alias for rm. If you do, check your ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bashrc (assuming you use the bash shell) to see if the alias is automatically created in them.
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On some distro's, such as Mandrake, there is an aliases script that sets the aliases for all of the users. It is sourced by the /etc/profile script when a user logs in. You can either add an entry to that file, or alter your ~/.bash_login ~/.profile or ~/.bashrc file.

This assumes that you use bash as your default shell. Another shell may have it's own startup script.

Last edited by jschiwal; 05-03-2006 at 07:17 PM.
Old 05-04-2006, 08:02 AM   #5
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Awesome people - that works brilliantly..
I am actually using tsch so it was .cshrc, I added
alias rm 'rm -i'
and it worked perfectly after I logged out and in again..
by the way is there a command to reload .cshrc? or just the aliases? I tried newaliases but that's a postfix command, there's no man page for alias so, is there a way? just out of curiousity really 'cuz logging out and in really seems like not the optimal way of doing it

Thanks a tons folks
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you can source files, which as i understand just executes them.

I use it when making changes to my .bash_profile

 source .cshrc
you'll need the path i imagine unless running the command from the same directory
Old 05-05-2006, 07:05 AM   #7
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Awesome! that does the job thank you!


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